The Glass Mask Year 3 Class D

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This is a very odd anime with a slightly odd animation style. To begin, it is done with the 3d ish animation style and all of the characters look like dolls. But other than that, the storyline is odd as well.

We have 5 students that were brought into the school who are steeped in passion. Their hope was to increase the overall passion in the school and reignite the passion in their hearts. They try and help people in the weirdest ways and to try and understand the populace around them. They also have the odd habit of rolling back their eyes and showing the whites of them.

Though some of the episodes were entertaining, I would say this wasn’t my type of anime. Though with each episode being 4 minutes long it’s easy to simply watch the entire series. There doesn’t look like there will be a second season to expand on the characters at all, but I don’t really think there needs to be. I will say though that Masumi Hayami was my favourite character even though he was a prick.

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Control Tower

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Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve reviewed a Yamazaki Kento Film and so I delved back to 2011 to Control Tower and watched it. The first thing that You notice in his film is how young he looks. Though back then he would have been 16 years old so it’s to be expected.

We follow, Kakeru (Yamazaki Kento), he’s a boy bored with the repetitiveness of life. One day, Mizuho (Hashimoto Ai) transfers into his class and starts talking with him. After quite a bit of pestering, Kakeru starts to open up to her and treats her as a real friend. After finding his father’s old guitar, Mizuko suggests they make a band. Slowly they begin to grow together as people and friends.

This is a very touching movie, it shows how friendship can change a person. Mizuko is definitely a manic pixie dream girl, she changes Kakeru’s life and then disappears. However, I love the use of the character archetypes to further the story. The friendship depicted in this movie is quite sweet and felt real, which was refreshing.Overall, this was good movie and it shows how much Yamazaki-san has grown in his acting abilities.

All Readers Please Read!!!!!

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I have been bored lately so I wanted to get some feedback from the people who are always around. I have prepared a little survey with 6 questions and 4 or them are multiple choice. All answers are annonymous so feel free to say what ever you feel, but trolls all know who you are. You can either click on the image above or Here to pop over to the survey. I want to thank everyone who takes the time in advance. You’re awesome.

Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia’s Case Files

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This is such a cute series that I came across on Crunchyroll. I don’t normally go there for their dramas but this one looked very interesting. Like so many of the Japanese drama that is based on a novel series, but it may be a light novel judging by the cover. I guess this will be another book to add to my must read list once I’m fluent in Japanese.

We follow Goura Daisuke (Akira), he is in search of a job. However, after his grandmother dies he’s left to sell her book collection. He goes to the Antiquarian Bookshop which is ran by Shinokawa Shioriko (Gouriki Ayame). He becomes enamoured with her ability to tell so much just by books and when she offers him employment he gleefully agrees. As a result, he starts working at the bookshop and helps Shinokawa solve mysteries that all resolve around old books.

This is a sweet drama with very little romance in it, but they make it work. After watching Akira as Onizuka in GTO it was a little jarring seeing him in this. He does an excellent job in his role and he really embodied the awkward young man in this drama. As a book lover, this is a must watch drama. It’ll make you want to read a good book and notice the small differences in them like Shinokawa does. The chemistry between all the main actors was perfect. As you can tell, I’m sure, I love this drama.

Goblin: the Lonely and Great God

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I’ll be honest, the only reason that I watch this show is because it was partly shot in the capital of my home province, Québec city. I think that it’s such a beautiful city, so I was happy to see it on screen.

We follow Kim Shin (Goong Yoo), a military man who gets slain by the king that he is in charge of protecting. Due to his rage and the number of people that he’s killed, he is cursed to become a goblin and to recall every life that he’s witnessed.  900 years later, he saves the life of a woman and her unborn child who will grow up to be Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun). Eun Tak was gifted with the abilities to see ghosts and due to this, she finds out at a young age that she is the goblin’s bride. Due to some events, Kim Shin and Eun Tak cross paths. But since Eun Tak was never supposed to be alive, she has a grim reaper (Lee Dong Wook) who wants to bring the scales back to balance. We follow the love story between Kim Shin and Eun Tak as she is the only one that he loves and she’s the only one who could break his curse.

This drama is amazing, though I found it did drag in the middle. This drama also gave be my one request and that was to not have anyone die from cancer. The scenes were shot beautifully and were breath taking. It was so nice seeing Gong Yoo in a fantastic series again because he’s a talented actor. I could rave about Gong Yoo’s and Lee Dong Wook’s chemistry but I think most of the interwebs have done enough of that. It’s an excellent series, but I will warn you to not watch the final episode in public because I was balling. All in all though it’s well worth the watch.

The Lover

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This is a drama I found through the twitter account Outofcontext Doramas (@oocdoramas). I didn’t know this existed until I saw their post.

We follow 4 “couples” through a period of their life. The stories run pretty independently, however, there is some overlap because they all live in the same apartment building. I’m going to try and make a little resume of each of the 4 couples with their room numbers. (Similar as to Asian Wiki)

609: The first couple is Oh Do Si (Oh Jung Se) and Ryoo Doo Ri (Ryoo Hyoun Kyoung), they have been dating for 5 years and though Do Si is an unemployed voice actor, Do Ri keeps them afloat with her review job. They have their ups and downs, but they are always looking out for each other. And even when they fight their love is obvious.

610: The second couple is Jung Young Joon (Jung Young Joon) and Choi Jin Nyeo (Choi Yeo Jin), there is a 12 year age gap between the pair. Though Young Joon is the guitarist to a not so famous rock band, he tries to work hard to try and make it work. There is a 12 year age difference between him and Jin Nyeo she really acts like more of an old lady than 33 years-old.

510: The third couple is Park Hwan Jong (Park Jung Hwan) and Ha Sul Eun (Ha Eun Sul). There are a new couple and Sul Eun always tries to act the part of a lady as much as she can in front of Hwan Jong. They are living together while they wait for their apartment to be ready and to plan for their wedding.

710: The fourth “couple”, this is where the air quotes are coming in, is Takuya (Terada Takuya) and Lee Joon Jae (Lee Jae Joon). Takuya moves in with Jae Joon to make the rent easier. The plan is to only live together for 3 months, however, the more that Takuya gets to know Joon Jae the more he wants to get him out into the world. The entirety of the drama we get to see their bromance play out.

This drama is pretty funny. It’s a slice of life and a lot of misunderstandings happen because of Takuya and Joon Jae. They are probably my favourite “couple”. Oh Jung Se does an excellent job in this drama, I had only ever seen him in Vampire detective, but his role in this is perfect for him. This is not a drama suitable for all ages, though everything is blurred out, some of the jokes will go over younger people heads. There are a lot of sex jokes and reference to sex as well. Be warned that if you don’t like hearing about sex to not watch this drama because it’s about healthy relationships that contain sex. The struggles that the couples have to go through are quite realistic and you can relate to all of them. I quite liked this drama and found it quite funny.

Marriage Contract

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I don’t know why I put myself through this. I knew walking in that this drama was going to be filled with heart-ache and cancer, but I watched it anyways. If I feel like shit it’s my own fault. Well on to the review.

Kang Hye Soo (UEE) is a single mother, who after her husband passed away is forced to raise her daughter by herself. After an aggressive brain tumour is found, Hye Soo struggles to find a way to pay off her late husband’s debt as to not leave her daughter, Cha Eung Sung (Shin Rin Ah), in trouble. She enters a short term contract with Han Ji Hoon (Lee Seo Jin) who is looking for a liver donor for his mother. For a sum of money she marries him and offers to give his mother part of her liver. But as fate would have it, life isn’t that simple.

So I’ll start off with, no one dies in the drama. It is suggested that Hye Soo doesn’t live long after the ending. This drama also if a very rough watch. Nothing ever goes right for the couple until the very end. So don’t expect this to be a light-hearted show, in my opinion. It’s a good show overall and the actors were on point. However, I feel like Kim Yong Geon might be a victim of typecasting. He is excellent in his role, but he feels very much the same character as in Cinderella that came after this series. I will nee to look up his previous roles to see the other characters that he’s played in the past.

Overall, if you can get over the death by cancer and horrid family, this is a show worth watching. It’s a great watch, but for the next little while I’m going to try and not watch shows that people have cancer in them.